Friday, November 28, 2008

You know it's bad when.....

Thanksgiving at my house yesterday. Young son took advantage of the free groceries- we were glad to see him.

On his way out, with me following and DH behind me, (all carrying food plates for this child to eat later), he took the long way to his truck. He casually remarked "You need to get in your garden, Mom! It looks like it NEEDS you!"

And it does.

Can I still take a switch to him? Thirty-six isn't too old, is it?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!

I can't believe Thanksgiving is here already!

We are almost ready. I am not sure if we will have guests or not, but I am cooking anyway. If we are dining alone, we will have lots of leftovers, even after fixing plates for several of my favorite people around town. I love delivering those plates.

It has just been two of us for a long time now, but I am not ready to give up cooking and go out to eat just yet. I know it makes more sense, and would be much more cost effective, but it would not seem like Thanksgiving without the cooking and all those leftovers!

We have much to be Thankful for. For the most part, everybody is prospering, and for the most part, everybody is happy. We give Thanks for That.

I am recovering nicely from some health issues, and I am Thankful for That. I slept 5 straight hours last night, and I am VERY Thankful for That!

I am Thankful that Bobby is healthy, and such a good friend. Life is not always easy around here, but it is not dull!

Well, not to us, it isn't.

I am Thankful to live in this country, and Thankful for those who volunteer to protect us and our freedom. I keep the members of our Armed Forces and their families in my prayers.

I am Thankful that I have friends, for what would I do without them! Friends at home, and friends afar, I am Thankful!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Peace in your life, and lots of friends!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Oh, woe, more skunk tales...

That Man is trying for a record, I think!

He set that trap again, he caught ANOTHER skunk! I was at home when he dispatched this one, and was tempted to take a picture of him putting the lifeless body into a sack, but I stopped myself at the last minute. One thing about skunks, they have a really long tail!

The closest I ever was to a skunk was when I was a new bride, and my furrier In-Laws told me to pick out a nice collar for my cloth coat. I liked the skunk, without any white furs. I suppose that tells you something. I could have had mink, chinchilla, fox, seal- whatever I wanted. I liked the skunk. LOL (This before PITA, mind you.)

Maybe I was just homesick.

I think we are going to just fence the garden to keep critters out. How long can the Man's luck last? He is bound to get sprayed sooner or later.

I have warned him to NOT expect good treatment if/when he does get sprayed. He will be peeling clothes and showering in the back yard, January or July.

I bet he is really worried about that.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

I tole him and tole him!

Did I not say that I said NO to traps in the yard for fear of catching a skunk?

I know I did!

Well, he didn't listen! He set that trap for the armadillo who is plundering our mustard patch. (He is very fond of fresh mustard- Bobby, that is, not the armadillo!) I didn't know he had set it, and was in the garden mixing a little Miracle Grow in the bucket of rain water I had caught. I was actually waiting for my friend to pick me up, so we could go to our stained glass class; just killing time.

I didn't even see the trap until I was almost standing right over it. AND THERE WAS A BIG FAT SKUNK IN IT!

I about broke my neck getting away from it, and I ran to call and let him know he had a chore to do when he got home from work.

Then I high-tailed it out of there; off to the safety of my stained glass class, and I didn't even feel guilty to leave him there to deal with it alone. He would have had to deal with it alone even if I had been here. I help him do all kinds of things, some of them even dangerous. But I draw the line at skunks.

Bobby was asleep when I got in, and there was no stinky skunk odor. When I asked him about it this morning, he said he shot him and hauled him away. No spraying, no nothing.

I would still be trying to get that smell off me.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Good Grief! Skunks!

We are having a terrible problem with skunks! My neighbors were out this evening, shooting at 2 skunks with a shotgun- luckily they got them without them spraying. I wonder how they did that.

My husband wants to set a trap, but I have said no to this; What if he caught a skunk instead of an armadillo, and the darned thing sprayed in the garden and everything smelled horrible for days? What if it sprayed him? I am not going to wash him with tomato juice. He is on his own.....

I have to go out on the back deck to turn the light on when the dogs want to go out, because they are so spoiled that they won't go out in the dark. I am always worried that a skunk is going to be out there, eating the dogs food or something. Probably just waiting to spray me....

Do skunks go dormant in Winter, or are they here all year?

I don't like the possums, but I hate the skunks!